McLAUGHLIN: NEIGHBOR AGAINST NEIGHBOR IN NEW GUN-GRAB PLAN

McLAUGHLIN: NEIGHBOR AGAINST NEIGHBOR IN NEW GUN-GRAB PLAN

McLaughlin releases letter outlining new confiscation plan by Governor, DCJS

            Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin (R,C,I-Melrose) today released a letter that was emailed from the Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) to the New York State Association of Chiefs of Police outlining a new initiative by Governor Cuomo and DCJS that would confiscate illegal firearms, including those that are not registered but were previously legal before the New York Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act (Safe Act) was rammed through the legislature in January. According to the letter, sent out on Tuesday, the state would provide a $500 reward, through tax dollars, to an individual who turns in his neighbor for possessing an illegal firearm. DCJS is planning a “comprehensive campaign” to announce this initiative which includes a toll-free tip line and details of how to text to submit a tip against their neighbor.

            “In December, Governor Cuomo stated that ‘confiscation could be an option,’ and now it appears he is staying true to his word with this dangerous new initiative,” said McLaughlin. “This initiative seeks to turn neighbor against neighbor and use their own tax dollars to pay for the $500 reward. Confiscating these once-legal firearms from law-abiding citizens and pitting neighbors against one another does nothing to address the root cause of violence with guns in our society: illegal handguns used by real criminals. While Albany confiscates firearms, evil will unfortunately still wander our streets.”

            McLaughlin has been critical of the Governor and state Legislature for taking a victory lap while mental health issues, prescription drug abuse and the role of anti-depressants in these recent mass shootings, which should have been the true substance of the New York Safe Act, went so poorly addressed.

            “With the stroke of his pen in January, Governor Cuomo made criminals out of police officers who step foot on school grounds with their own service weapon. Yet, instead of moving swiftly to pass an amendment to exempt police officers, the Governor and DCJS have deemed confiscation of previously legal firearms a higher priority.”

Assemblyman McLaughlin represents the 107th District, which consists of parts of RensselaerColumbia and Washington counties. For more information, please visit Assemblyman McLaughlin’s official website.

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